Federal Magistrate Daniel Knowles requested on Tuesday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell provide the court with legal documents dealing with the New Orleans Saints bounty investigation.
All of this has come about in riposte to Saints suspended linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s trouble to start the “discovery” process in his defamation case against Goodell. The Saints former defense captain states that the NFL has only allowed him to view but a minuscule portion of the documents that have to do with the bounty program.
Vilma will not be able to view the “evidence” being shown in court. Only court officials will be able to rule on the findings. This is all happening a day after Vilma re-filed a similar lawsuit asking for his suspension to be overturned. The lawsuit demands that Goodell is ineffective being the “neutral arbitrator” during the bounty rulings.
All players that are associated with the “bounty program” are technically allowed to play during this weekend’s games because of the appeals happening within a certain time frame. Ultimately, all players including Vilma are hoping for a ruling that will void out Goodell’s choice to suspend the players.